Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Andrew Wiggins is reportedly unhappy with his role as the Wolves’ third offensive option behind shooting guard Jimmy Butler and center Karl-Anthony Towns.
On Wednesday, Darren Wolfson of KSTP (via 1500 ESPN Twin Cities’ Derek James) said Wiggins has “whispered to teammates” about being discontent with his place within the squad.
Let’s run through a quick cute little stat that perfectly defines my frustrations about Andrew Wiggins, who was supposed to be the next great NBA phenom but instead, is like, Monta Ellis without a consistent crossover.
Here’s Wiggins’s numbers from his rookie season in 2014-15:
36.2 minutes per game. 16.9 points per game. 43% field goal percentage. 31% 3-point percentage. 76% from the free throw line. 4.6 rebounds. 2.1 assists and 1 steal per game.
He won Rookie of the Year. Congrats, my guy. The future belongs to you.
Here’s Wiggins’s numbers this season in his 4th year in the NBA:
36.3 minutes per game. 17.9 points per game. 44% field goal percentage. 32% from the 3-point line. 63% from the free throw line. 4.1 rebounds. 1.8 assists and of course, 1 steal per game.
He’s the same. exact. player. If anything, he’s gotten worse.
What does Andrew Wiggins do all summer long? Work on jump shots. One time. Hit the gym. You cannot be as athletic as Wiggins is and have no ability to do anything on a basketball court other than dunk. Wiggins doesn’t have the ability to create his own shot and needs a facilitator around him to give him good looks but his anger is stemming from the fact that the guys around him aren’t playmakers.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler are scorers. If you’re running a two-man fast break and Jimmy Butler has the ball in his hands, he’s not passing that ball. I imagine Wiggins thinks he should be getting more looks but the way this team is currently constructed, he needs to be able to score on his own and he simply doesn’t have that skillset.
The worst part is that he just signed a max deal that he does not deserve and as a Knicks fan, I know for a fact that they’re going to trade for him and the Knicks are going to be bad forever. Fuck.
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